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Essential News: February 2020
Welcome to Essential News: our regular update on key decisions, releases and events from the Essential Services Commission.

Rebecca Billings announced as fourth commissioner

We have welcomed the appointment of a fourth commissioner, economist Rebecca Billings.

Rebecca will take up the role next month, joining fellow economist Simon Corden, barrister Sitesh Bhojani and commission chairperson Kate Symons.

Read our media release →
New commissioner, Rebecca Billings

Embedded network customers have their say on prices

We have released a consultation paper that looks at setting the maximum price embedded network customers can be charged for electricity.

We are seeking feedback on the draft decision until 10 March 2020.

Find out more and have your say at Engage Victoria →


Victorian Energy Upgrades forum recap 

Nearly 200 people were given an update on our Victorian Energy Upgrades program at our December forum. Focusing on program performance, the forum included a recap on important regulatory updates, as well as further upcoming changes.  

We have also released quarterly statistics for the program.

Read our recap of the forum →

Minimum solar feed-in tariff set for 2020–21

We have set a new single rate minimum solar feed-in tariff from 1 July 2020 of 10.2 cents per kilowatt hour, slightly lower than the current 12 cents.

Falling market expectations of future energy prices based on an increased uptake of solar power has resulted in a lower minimum solar feed-in tariff for the next financial year.

Find out more about our decision →

Solar panels on a house roof

South Gippsland Water prices proposed to rise to fund services

We have released a draft decision approving South Gippsland Water’s proposal to increase water and sewerage prices over the next three years.

The business proposed a price increase of 5 per cent in 2020–21, followed by increases of 2 per cent in 2021–22 and 2022–23 (before inflation).

We are seeking feedback until 24 April 2020.

Find more and have your say at Engage Victoria →

Council higher cap deadline approaching

At this time, no Victorian councils have told us they are planning to apply for a rate cap variation in 2020–21. Councils have until 31 March 2020 to make an application. 
Find out more about council rate capping →